24 January 2018
Bulletin

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Parish of the Assumption

Area Code: 057 Tel: 93 21587 - 93 22415 Fax: 93 51510
www.tullamoreparish.ie 
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3rd December 2017 ~ 1st Sunday of Advent

Fr. Joseph Gallaghar P.P
Rt Rev Sean Heaney CC VG
Fr. Shane Crombie C.C.
Fr Kevin Fleming SSC
Sr. Genny Hassey
Sr. Margaret Burke    

MASS TIMES 

Weekend Masses

Church of the Assumption:  Saturday (Vigil) 6.30pm

Sunday 8.30a.m, 10.00a.m, 11.30am & 1.00p.m

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow:  Sunday 11.30a.m

Holy Days

Church of the Assumption: 7.45a.m, 10.00a.m, 1.10p.m, 6.30p.m.

St Colmcille’s Church Durrow: Vigil 8.00pm

Weekday Masses 

Monday-Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

Saturday 10.00am 

First Friday 7.45am & 10.00am

CONFESSIONS

Saturday:  12 noon-1.00pm, 3.00-4.00pm

GET IN TOUCH

St Mary’s Parish Centre, Benburb St, Tullamore, Phone: 0579321587

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Web: www.tullamoreparish.ie

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-1pm; 1.30-5pm to book weddings, baptisms, certs, etc;  

Reception service 5-9pm.

Priest available for emergencies 24 hours daily.  

Parish Shop selling a selection of religious items.  

Teas after 10am Mass Mon, Wed & Fri.  

Meeting Rooms available: Contact Administrator for details of rates, availability etc. 

Parish Support Services:  Bereavement Listening, etc.  For appointment, ph 0579326604, Monday-Thursday 9.30am-1.00pm; Wednesday & Thursday 6.00-8.00pm.


 THE CIRCLE OF LIFE

Most things in life are cyclical and the Church today celebrates the start of the season of Advent which marks the beginning of its new liturgical year. The importance of preparing for and celebrating the birth of Jesus and also being ready for His second coming are at the very heart of the Advent season.

The Gospel today focuses on the latter- our preparation for the second coming of Christ in glory at the end of time. Like the Christian community of Mark’s era we must always be alert and watchful and Advent affords us time to prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually to allow Christ into our minds and hearts.

Pope Francis encourages us to remember what we have to be joyful about as disciples of Jesus Christ. Advent is an appropriate time to reflect on this message and take it to heart and if necessary make a new beginning in living our faith. Now is the time to open our hearts and invite the Lord to come more fully into our lives. So let us ask Jesus to open our hearts to Him. We don’t know when He will come again but we do know that we see Him daily in the face of every person we meet and especially in the faces of those in need. Once again, Advent affords us the opportunity to revitalise and renew our commitment to the Christ child allowing our spirits to experience the true and real freedom of discipleship.   


PARISH CENTRE SHOP

There is a selection of religious Christmas gifts and cards now available in the parish shop.  Christmas Mass Bouquets also available.  Intentions for these Masses will be offered at all Masses on Christmas Day. 


CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE

Christmas Carol Service on tonight at 7pm in the Church of the Assumption.

Tickets available on the door. Adults: €10.00; Under 14’s: Free.


DO THIS IN MEMORY 

The next “Do this in Memory” Communion Masses will be held in Tullamore Church:

Sat 09th 6.30pm - St. Josephs; Sun 10th 10.00am - Ballinamere & Gaelscoil ; 11.30am - Scoil Bhride, Scoil Mhuire & Parish School; and in Durrow Church Sun 10th 11.30am – Durrow NS. 


FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Next Friday 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mass times are as follows: Tullamore 7.45am, 10.00am, 1.10pm & 6.30pm. Durrow 11.30am, There will be no Vigil Mass.


RECONCILIATION DAY IN PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS

Reconciliation Day will be on Tuesday 19th in Tullamore Church.  Mass followed by Confessions, 7.45am, 10.00am & 7.30pm.

There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a priest available for Confessions throughout the day.


SEEING YOUR LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPELS

Mark 13:33-37

The coming of the Lord is not just the moment of death, but any moment of grace. Recall unexpected graces – good things that happened when they were not anticipated.

Perhaps some of these were moments when you were particularly alert and aware of what was going on in you and around you and this enabled you to be open to the moment of grace. Recall the contrast with moments when that alertness and awareness were not present.

The servants were given charge of the household ‘each with their own job’. Identify with the servants as people given a responsibility within the household of God’s people. What has it been like for you when you have been shown trust in this way by another person? What is it like for you to see yourself trusted in this way by God?

Jesus says that what he is saying to his disciples he is saying to all. Have there been times when you have been a messenger of hope to others, encouraging them to wait for a moment of grace. Who have been the ones to encourage you?

 (John Byrne, OSA, Intercom, 2017) 


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

… A kind deed done in time of need, though small is of more value than the world itself… 


SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The next available Baptism dates are Sun 7th Jan in Tullamore and Sun 14th Jan in Durrow. The pre-baptism meeting for these dates is on Wed 20th Dec.

To book in for the meeting and baptisms, contact the Parish Secretary, at the Parish Office, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm.  


SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE

It is advisable to give six months’ notice of your intention to marry to both the Church and the Registrar. To book the Church for weddings, contact the Parish Secretary, Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5.00pm.  

All couples getting married must attend a pre-marriage course. Contact ACCORD, 9341831 or www.accord.ie.  ACCORD also available for marriage and relationship counseling.


NB:  NOTICES FOR THE BULLETIN MUST BE IN THE PARISH CENTRE BY 9.30AM WEDNESDAY.

Only notices from parish groups, non-profit making organisations & clubs included.


MASS INTENTIONS

Mon 04    7.45   Rody Larkin, William St

             10.00  Stan & Mona Wrafter

Tues 05   7.45  Nancy Lloyd

             10.00  John Kearns, USA, Mon Mem

Wed 06    7.45  Rody & Mary Kate Heffernan

             10.00  Stella Cleary

Thurs 07  7.45  May Mangan, Harbour St

             10.00  Edward Connolly, Kilbride St

Fri 08      7.45  Our Lady’s Mass

            10.00  Martin & Mary Mannion

              1.10  Paddy, Chris & Noeleen Bracken

              6.30  Des Hensey

Sat 09    10.00 Teresa Condron, Clonminch 

Sun 10     8.30  James & Mary Mahon & great grandson James

             10.00  Michael & Mary Martin, Marian Place

             11.30  Mary Molloy, 1st Ann

               1.00  Alice Burke, 1st Ann


BAPTISMS

Welcome to God’s family Brooklyn Derek McDonagh, Liam Edward Quigley, Cara Chantel Brennan & Jacob Ryan Mulhall Mills who were baptised recently.


PARISH COLLECTIONS

Tullamore €3321; Durrow €192; 

Envelopes €2175

Thank you for your continued support


PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR FIONA PENDER, OUR PARISHIONER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 22ND AUG 1996.


COMMUNITY NOTICES

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION HOSPITAL CHAPEL:  Can you sit one hour with the Lord, Temporary cover needed for 7 weeks, 12 Dec-23 Jan, Tuesdays 4-5am Ph: 085-1162668.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION FOR ONE DAY MORE: Fri 8, in support of babies with life-limiting illnesses and their families. 

MEETING OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER: Tues 5, Mercy Convent, 7pm. New members welcome.

COFFEE MORNING FOR COELIACS: Kilcruttin Food Market, Sat 9, 10.15am. Tel: 0872563439.

TULLAMORE LIVING LINKS: Coffee morning, Parish Centre, Tues 5, 10.30am. 

READY CHRISTMAS DINNER: Dinner & dance, Town House, Sun 10, 8pm, €20.00. Please book by ph: 9341235.

TULLAMORE CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP: Talk on Intellectual Disability, guest speaker Ian Dickson, Presbyterian Church, High St, Wed 6, 7.45pm. All welcome.

TULLAMORE TRACTOR RUN: Cake Sale, Fri 8, Bridge Centre.

SACRED HEART SCHOOL CHOIR: Presents “Choral Classics”, Tullamore Court Hotel, Mon 11, 8pm. Admission €10.

FUNDRAISER FOR COLÁISTE CHOILM INDIA PROJECT: Charity Clothing Collection, drop your unwanted/old Clothes to Coláiste Choilm/Sacred Heart Tues 5 - Fri 8, from 9.20am - 3pm. Your support is greatly appreciated.

TULLAMORE COMMUNITY RADIO FUNDRAISER: Quiz night, Fri 15, Digan’s Bar, 8pm. €40 per table. Donations welcome. TEAGASC & BORD BIA: info morning re Quality Assurance Scheme & Winter Feed advice, Williams Farm, Kilmurray (signposted), Fri 8, 11am. All  welcome.

SILENT RETREAT: Spiritual Exercises, Alexian Brothers Monastery, Knock, for women 18 years & up. Dec 28 - Jan 1. Limited places. Please book early PH: 0858235525.

RADIO MARIA IRELAND: Irish run Catholic Talk-Radio,  available to download free, free streaming: www.radiomaria.ie or hear it directly on phone 014373277 for price of a phone call.

ARK OF DIVINE MERCY: Pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Thurs 25 May. Cost €619 if paid in full before mid Dec 2017. Contact 0877828283 for more info.

NIGHT VIGIL TO KNOCK: Thurs 7, pick up at 7:40 at square in Tullamore. Phone: 0863344722.

GROW: Wed 11am, Tullamore Library. Ph  0864183805.

A.A: Offaly House, Offaly St. Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat 8.15pm; Tues, Wed, Fri 1.00pm; Sun 12noon.

SOSAD: Free, Confidential Counselling service. Ph: 0579346704.

 
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